Fibroadenomas are benign tumors that are affected by hormones and change size during the menstrual cycle or during pregnancy. Up to one in six (15%) women will develop a fibroadenoma at some point in their lives, and they can be difficult to distinguish from cancer.
Deciding what to do about a fibroadenoma
Most fibroadenomas are left untreated, but some of these lumps require removal or biopsy to alleviate this concern. A specialist may recommend removing the lump before it grows larger simply to reduce scarring.
Surgical removal of a fibroadenoma
An endometrectomy is a procedure that involves removing the ovaries, ovaries, and testicles in order to remove a fibroadenoma, which is a benign tumor.
Fibroadenomas and you
Your fibroadenoma does not increase your risk of breast cancer, but you should still get screened for breast cancer according to the recommendations for women your age and family history. Most women are relieved to learn that their breast change is due to a common condition.
You and your General Practitioner (GP)
It’s a good idea to see your GP after seeing a specialist at a Breast Clinic; it’s good to have a regular GP who you know and trust, and your GP can also help you if you want a second opinion about your breast change.
Can a fibroadenoma hurt?
Fibroadenomas are benign tumors that do not spread far within the breast. They are usually painless, but they can be uncomfortable or sensitive to touch. Many women notice that their fibroadenoma becomes tender in the days leading up to their period.
Where are fibroadenomas usually located?
A fibroadenoma is most commonly discovered by chance during a medical examination or self-examination as a discrete solitary breast mass of 1 to 2 cm, which can be found anywhere in the breast but is most commonly found in the upper outer quadrant.
Can a fibroadenoma turn into cancer?
Fibroadenomas are not cancerous, and having one does not increase your chances of getting breast cancer. However, fibroadenomas contain some normal breast tissue cells, and these cells, like all other cells in the breast, can develop cancer.
What happens if fibroadenoma is left untreated?
Fibroadenomas rarely cause complications; however, it is possible that a person may develop breast cancer as a result of a fibroadenoma; however, only about 0.002 to 0.125 percent of fibroadenomas become cancerous, according to research.
Does fibroadenoma increase breast size?
A fibroadenoma has a well-defined shape and may feel firm, smooth, rubbery, or hard. It is usually painless, and it may feel like a marble in your breast when examined. Fibroadenomas vary in size and can enlarge or shrink on their own.
At what size should a fibroadenoma be removed?
There are no strict size criteria for fibroadenomas; however, some studies recommend surgical resection of fibroadenomas larger than 2 to 3 cm. Other reasons for surgical resection of a fibroadenoma include discomfort, growth on imaging/exam, or a pathologic diagnosis that is unclear.
Do fibroadenomas ever go away?
Don’t be alarmed if your doctor tells you you have a fibroadenoma in your breast; it’s not cancer. These lumps are one of the most common breast lumps in young women, and they often shrink and disappear without treatment.
Can fibroadenoma be seen on ultrasound?
A breast ultrasound can tell your doctor whether a lump in your breast is solid or fluid-filled; a solid mass is more likely to be a fibroadenoma, while a fluid-filled mass is more likely to be a cyst.
Do fibroadenomas grow fast?
Fibroadenomas are benign breast tumors that typically affect women in their second and third decades of life. They are usually small and can be managed conservatively, but 0.5-2% of these lesions will grow rapidly.
Should I get my fibroadenoma removed?
Many doctors advise removing fibroadenomas, especially if they continue to grow or change the shape of the breast, to ensure that cancer is not to blame; however, these tumors can sometimes stop growing or even shrink on their own without treatment.
How long does a fibroadenoma surgery take?
A pathologist examines a sample of the removed tissue to ensure that all of the cancer has been removed. The procedure takes about an hour. The surgeon makes a small cut on your breast and removes the cancer and some of the normal breast tissue around it.
What does a breast fibroadenoma look like on ultrasound?
An ovoid smooth solid mass, narrower in its anteroposterior diameter than its transverse diameter, with even, low-level internal echoes, is the typical sonographic appearance of a fibroadenoma; however, this appearance is not shared by all fibroadenomas.
How do you get rid of fibroadenomas without surgery?
Fibroadenoma cryoablation is a procedure that involves inserting a thin device called a cryoprobe through the breast skin to the fibroadenoma lump, where a gas is released to destroy the tissue.
How do you prepare for a fibroadenoma?
Here are some pointers to keep in mind:
- Rest. You may be exhausted when you get home from the hospital.
- Take pain medication as needed.
- Sponge baths until your doctor removes your drains and/or sutures.
- Wear a good sports or support bra.
- Start doing arm exercises.